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Great to see that some Scottish players have a way to get to the line . That is an art form that is not be sniffed at.
Massive fan of Townsend, the job he did at Glasgow was absolutely incredible and he transformed Scottish rugby.
There are thousands of dual qualified players in England, some by birth, some by a deliberate policy of poaching by English schools and clubs once a player has shown up in the age grade systems of (particularly) Wales, Scotland or elsewhere (SA, anyone?). Sheer hypocrisy that the RFU should suggest their clubs need compensated when other countries then select some of those players.
@109 @106 Absolutely true on all points, both of you. But that is exactly my point. mercer and Hughes (and others) were developed elsewhere and then elected for England (as was their right)...so why should the RFU have to pay compensation? And why should Scotland (or Wales for that matter) have to pay compensation to English clubs for players eligible for them?
I love the way Toonie brought a bit of flair to Glasgow, Though i'm worried about the pack. Scottish rugby is most certainly improving, though I think we need the incredible hulk in the middle...Wasn't Bruce Banner's granny from Govan?
Gt has positivity .It's a beautiful and too often a rare thing in Scotland.Hopefully without jinxing him he will take Scottish rugby to new heights.Love his brand of rugby .Need a bit more grunt / bulk in the pack as that is Scotland's/ Glasgows Achilles heel at present If he can get that enough ball will follow for talented backs that he has Russel , Hogg , Seymour etcMon Scotland!
GT has got it organised!Pro rugby is a global pool of players who will sell their expertise to the highest bidder. International qualification is what it is.Small countries like Scotland (population 5.4M) and NZ ( pop. 4.8M), have to adapt. NZ have obviously got it sorted. England, with the largest player pool, should win everything all the time. Only happens with a good coach.
Given Scotland's recent success in the U20 World Championship (only lost one game to NZ), are people going to start claiming that we're drafting non-Scots into our U20 team too? Or just maybe is our recent success down to the academy system and home grown talent?I think people struggle with the idea that Scotland are becoming a threat on the world rugby stage.
101 jontymoZach Mercer was born in Leeds and spent the first 8 years of his life in a village outside it. I wasn't aware that Leeds was in Scotland..... The Scots may want him but he has chosen England (and was helped in that choice by Pyrgos' father)...
Would it be a bit naughty to suggest that John Hardie has become significantly less Scottish in the past 24 hours ;-)
GTs a good coach who's willing to learn from others & also admits when he gets it wrong. The culture he brought to Glasgow has been instrumental in their progression & helping players develop. Coaching Scot will be a step up. If all players are available then I'm sure we will keep improving. Simple Formula: If Scot win more = more interest = more kids playing = more potential players.....hopefully
@101 Why would the RFU compensate Fiji for Hughes anymore than the SRU compensate the Netherlands (or even the RFU!) for Tim Visser? Even before the game went professional there were players who moved countries for their jobs and represented the place they moved to. Going pro just enhanced that and as long as the regs are obeyed what is wrong with it? Hard to go back (look at France)
@102 - There have been plenty of articles and comments from GT on the importance of skills and the skill levels improved loads at Glasgow during his tenor. So what if he didn’t mention skills in one interview. Stop trying to find fault for the sake of it. Scotland is lucky to have produced a top quality coach who wants to coach his national team and who plays an exciting high skill game. Enjoy it.
@85 Ben Te'o's mother is English.
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In this whole article there is not one mention of 'skill' - sad really.
Sheer hypocrisy. Both the SRU and the RFU have played by the rules. For the RFU to start claiming that academies are being "raided" is rich...have the SRU been recompensed for the "loss" of Zach Mercer, for example? Or others targeted by English clubs during the age group system like Sam Yawayawa? Or did the RFU feel obligated to pay Fiji anything for (legally) capping Nathan Hughes?
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